Summary: In this post Guy Solomon – owner of Penguin Basements LTD, explains the usage of hardwood flooring and the common materials in their basements without worrying about bowing, buckling, and cracking due to temperature and moisture differences.
Today basement renovation has so many choices and stylish ideas to create. When it comes to walls color, furniture, floors selection it can be the tough task, due to the huge variety on the home remodelling market that makes the customers dizzy.
When it comes to the flooring selection you need to consult with the professionals, because not all the types will be perfect for a basement. Basement is a place that is usually damp or has this tendency, sometimes it can even be prone to flooding. But, do not worry, Guy Solomon has the answers for you! In this article he and his team will help you select even hardwood flooring or the other common types for your basement.
Traditional hardwood floor is manufactured from a solid pieces of a real wood that is 7/16” thick. Obviously this type of flooring will look terrific in every house, beautifying it with the shine of the polish. There is no one floor type to make your house look rich! But the experts are sure that this type of flooring is not perfect for every room including bathroom, kitchen and surely a basement. Let’s delve into the background of a case: wood structure is porous, that will take up water and moisture, then it is swelling. In the cold winter periods when the air is dry wood is releasing its moisture back into the surrounding air can cause it to crack. So, evidently this is not the best option for damp places.
But what the fans of hardwood flooring should do? Guy Solomon confirms that solid hardwood is not the best material for a basement, but there are some alternatives. In most cases people like the look, but do not care about the material itself. So engineered wood and laminate flooring will be the best choice that look really like hardwood floor.
Let’s compare them. Engineered hardwood alternatively to solid hardwood consists of plywood sheets, hardwood and even particleboard that are pressed together and are forming a firm joint. Due to all these materials engineered hardwood is more stable and is not absorbing moisture from the surrounding air. What’s more veneer is the top layer of engineered wood and this is the material that provides that rich look of hardwood flooring, but still is more durable!
But it also has some negative differences from hardwood flooring. One and the biggest benefit of hardwood flooring is the ability to refinish it and still have the new look for the years. Unfortunately you can refinish engineered hardwood just once or twice, which makes the material less expensive as well.
Anyway balance all the positive and negative sides before making your decision. Contact Guy Solomon ans his team, who are always ready to answer all your questions!
About the Company: Penguin Basements LTD is a leading construction company on Canadian market working solely on basement spaces. With the years of experience this team is ready to do any type of construction works to update your living conditions and bring to life any design ideas that you can even imagine!